- Journey from Paris to Champagne by bike & boat
- Enjoy a guided walking tour of the iconic sights of Paris
- Brie cheese tasting at Meaux
- Sample the world class Champagnes of Epernay
- Explore the Napoleonic and World War I sites of Château Thierry
Combine bicycle and boat along the Rivers Seine and Marne as you journey from the chic streets of Paris to the Champagne houses of Epernay.
In the heart of Paris, downstream of the Pont Neuf and Notre Dame, join fellow cyclists aboard the MS Zwaantje. Begin with a guided tour of Paris and discover the artistic treasures of Da Vinci and Caravaggio at the Louvre. Visit architectural icons such as The Eiffel Tower and Pompidou Centre to name a few.
Cycle to the cheese producing town of Meaux where we’ll taste wheels of locally produced Brie. Pedal onwards to World War I sites of Château Thierry before rolling into Epernay’s ‘Avenue de Champagne’. Here, at the home of Moet et Chandon and Mercier we round the week off with afternoon tasting class at a major Champagne house.
Day 1 Embark Paris
In the heart of central Paris, on the banks of the River Seine your floating hotel, the MS Zwaantje is moored. Boarding begins early afternoon (2.00pm), followed by a short, guided tour of Paris. Later in the early evening, enjoy an aperitif before dinner with your fellow cyclists.
Day 2 Cycle to Lagny sur Marne
This morning leave Paris as you cycle alongside the canal de l'Ourcq, via the Vilette Basin. Built by order of Napoleon Bonaparte, the canal became a crucial watersource for the city and a vital transport link between central and eastern Paris. The end destiantion today is the charming town of Lagny-sur-Marne.
Cycle: 35 km
Day 3 Cycle to Meaux
A flat, easy going route along the Meaux river eases you into the cycling today. On the approach to Chalifert, the route heads over the hill, which the river cuts through. With plenty of time to get up and over, your destination later in the day is the city of Meaux, famous for its Brie cheeses and 12th cathedral which dominates the town square.
Cycle: 20 - 37 km
Day 4 Explore Meaux, Brie Cheese Tasting
After breakfast, cycling begins with a tour of Meaux before heading out onto the rolling valley roads of Marne. Passing through a number of riverside hamlets you may have enough time to visit the 16th century Château de Montceaux before enjoying a tasting presentation of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses.
Cycle: 30-45 km
Day 5 Chateau Thierry
From La Ferte sous Jouarret head out along the Marne River which eventually joins the charming country roads alongside the Ru de Bouillons. From here the route rises to a plateau above the Marne Valley as you head towards Château Thierry. On the descent to Château Thierry you can visit the WW1 American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau before re-joining your floating hotel, on the River Marne.
Cycle: 50 km
Overnight: Chateau Thierry
Day 6 Cycle to Epernay
If you’d prefer a shorter ride today, relax on deck and enjoy a leisurely cruise upstream to Dorman. Here you can join those cycling the longer route as farmland gives way to vineyards. On the approach to the Champagne houses of Epernay, it is possible to see Château de Bousault, built by the widow of Monsieur Clicquot of the champagne house Veuve Clicquot. Later in the afternoon you may have further time to explore Epernay.
Cycle: 30-50 km
Day 7 Epernay & Champagne Houses
After breakfast, a short cycle heads out of Epernay, along the Marne canal and into the Champagne producing region of Montagne de Reims. Here you can visit the chapel of the monk Dom Perignon, who was the first to achieve the double fermentation process for making Champagne. A gentle ride leads back to Epernay where you can discover ‘Avenue the Champagne’ home to the prestigious champagne houses of Moët & Chandon, Mercier and Perrier. The afternoon finishes with a tasting class at one of the major Champagne houses in Epernay.
Cycle: 25 km
Day 8 Disembark and onward travel
After breakfast, you can begin your onward travel plans. As the boat is conveniently moored near Epernay train station, journey time to Paris is around (1hr30mins-2hrs).
Accommodation & Boat Information
You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. All cabins are located on the main deck. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.
Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists
Single cabins are available for a supplementary payment. This
trip is also available to solo cyclists (with a supplement) and is
perfect as there are plenty of people to chat with every day.
All meals on board are included. Breakfast, lunch on
board for non-cyclists, or picnic lunches for cyclists. Each evening you
can look forward to a three-course dinner.
A classic river barge manned by an experienced multi-lingual crew. The boat is 40 meters long, with a maximum capacity of 24 guests so provides an intimate atmosphere, perfect for getting to know your fellow cyclists throughout the week.
On the main deck you will find the nice and cozy salon with airco and large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar. Depending on the quality of the network connection (mobile internet, limited data amount), the salon offers free Wi-Fi. The barge has a very spacious sun deck (90 square meters / 860 square ft.) with chairs and tables and a beautiful view, where you can relax or join the skipper in the wheel house.
All cabins have a small en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and wash basin, a fixed window (both double cabins have larger windows that also open) and individual air conditioning.